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Walter Isaacson

The Code Breaker

by Walter Isaacson

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

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The Code Breaker explores biochemist and Nobel laureate Jennifer Doudna's work on developing one of the world's sharpest gene-editing technologies, used to combat deadly viruses and treat inherited diseases.

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The Code Breaker

by Walter Isaacson

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

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Science is not an absolute force for good or evil; science is a source of truth, writes author Walter Isaacson. The life of Chemistry Nobel prize-winner, Jennifer Doudna, is a testament to the fact that one can always use truth for common good.

Previously the chairman of CNN and the editor of Time magazine, Walter Isaacson is known for his biographies on Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, and Albert Einstein.

In the Code Breaker, Walter Isaacson follows the life story of Jennifer Doudna to describe the origin of the genome-editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9. Here, Isaacson explores this feat of modern science, and its utility in targeting and destroying deadly viruses and preventing hereditary diseases.

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